The 2012 VRS Fluidity might just be the most comfortable and efficient carbon frame on the planet. Time has proven that focusing on the finest materials and only producing top-tier framesets with uncompromising integrity sets a benchmark that few other companies can compete with. The use of proprietary resin transfer molding techniques, intelligent geometry and interwoven Vectran fibers enable the 2012 Time lineup to stand out above all other frames. The 2012 VRS Fluidity is at the pinnacle of this technology; The archetype for endurance comfort and Time?s flagship century racer. Interwoven Vectran fibers add dampening qualities to the carbon matrix to buffer vibration and turn the road to glass. Special attention to geometry, the rear triangle and reinforced joints allow the frame to stay stiff and deliver torque through the drivetrain without compromising comfort. The VRS was founded on and specifically designed for hundred mile races and evolved from the theory that road vibration causes muscle fatigue. If ultimate comfort along with light weight is paramount, then look no further- the VRS is a modern legend. Frameset Features - Frame, fork, headset and seatpost all included - Available sizes: 49.5-XXS, 51-XS, 53-S, 55-M, 57-L, 59-XL - Available colors: White/black - Time Quickset Headset - Translink seatmast - Tall headtube for comfort - All-Carbon RTM construction - Time carbon seatpost - Standard BB30 or Pressfit BB86 (Di2) - Frameset comes as standard, ?Kit Cadre? (with Time carbon stem & carbon bottle cage) or Module + (plus matching Time carbon handlebar) - Lifetime Warranty TIME 2012 Pedal and Frame Collection
Strengths: Quite possibly the best frame ever made. I know that's a strong statement but this design really lives up to the promises of the material. Time is one of two companies (Giant being the other) that makes its own carbon fibre. As a result they are able to blend other fibres (Vectran) to change the characteristics. It really works. For the last five years I've been on a Time Edge Pulse and it's been a great bike. The torsion was okay and the ride was very smooth. The VRS has crit bike sprinting stiffness while making the rough pavement even smoother. A great bike really disappears beneath you. You react to a break, glide through pavement patches and brick pavers, you rythmically step up a hill. The VRS allows you to do all that without thinking about the bike.
Weaknesses: It's not aero in the strictest sense, however the fit puts me in a great riding position which is the most important aero thing. The graphics are better than the Edge, but I would like to see less information plastered all over it. 187lb weight limit for the seatpost. (I'm close to that).
I was able to get this bike as a two year old new frame and swapped my old components. It brought the price into the realm of value.
Similar Products Used: Time Edge Pulse, Wilier Cento Uno, Kestrel 200sci, Trek OCLV, Handmade Reynolds 531 steel.
Bike Setup: Campagnolo Record, Campagnolo Eurus w/ 25mm Vittoria tires or Zipp 404 tubulars w/ 23mm Schwalbe, Time xpresso pedals, Time monobloc stem and handlebars (they make a big difference).
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 28, 2011
Strengths: Great compliant ride.
Weaknesses: None that I've been able to find
I'll make this short and sweet - I've been riding this frame for 1 1/2 years now and I still can't wait to get on the bike, no matter whether it's a long ride or a short one. It's CRAZY compliant, but not too much, and it's CRAZY stiff, but not too much and it's great looking which my vain side wanted too. It is quite simply the best bike I've ridden and I've owned several brands from Felt to Specialized and Trek, etc.
Ever since I test rode a Time VXR sevral years ago I have been lusting after a Time frameset. The VXR is no longer being made and there is a new model called the NXR which is described more as a comfort bike. Today I was riding with a group and one guy I have ridden with there several times has a VX ... Read More »
Time's new model for 2009…
I read about this frame on the site ([URL="http://www.time-sport.com/product-sheet-vrs-vibraser.2.0.idp.37.html"]http://www.time-sport.com/product-sheet-vrs-vibraser.2.0.idp.37.html[/URL]) but if someone had bought it or test it
he can share some information with us, ... Read More »